Apparently, this is a news week for me. The random Youtube and ice cream porn images will resurface at some point...
Anyway, this article (via Slashdot) regarding China's attempt to crackdown on "unhealthy" gaming by the under-18 crowd caught my attention this morning. Any online gaming company operating here now has four months to institute what has to be the first mix of governmental parenting, online market dynamics, and digital butt-whippings.
"Under the system, known as the 'anti-online game addiction system', the first 3 hours of play for each day is considered 'healthy', during which players will be awarded full points in the virtual world. The next 2 hours will yield only half the normal points and there will be no points after 5 hours.
After the 5-hour limit, players will be subjected every 15 minutes to the warning: 'You have entered unhealthy game time, please go offline immediately to rest. If you do not, your health will be damaged and your points will be cut to zero.'"
I do not know if this is a 3-hour limit per game or if you have one account that identifies you across all gaming platforms. If it's the latter, there is a lot of money for internet bar owners to lose if their customers can only play for 3 hours a day. A sharp rise in fake adult accounts will probably start happening any day now, whether they are created either by internet bar owners or just from clever teenagers.
Whatever happened to the good old days where fake credentials were used for buying cigarettes and beer?